In 1928 a man by the name of William E. Woodward wrote a God-awful book entitled Meet General Grant.
Towards the middle of the book, Woodward opines:
“The American negroes are the only people in the history of the world, so far as I know, that ever became free without any effort of their own…It [the Civil War] was not their business. They had not started the war nor ended it. They twanged banjos around the railroad stations, sang melodious spirituals, and believed that some Yankee would soon come along and give each forty acres of land and a mule” (Woodward, Meet General Grant, p. 237).
Apparently it never occurred to Mr. Woodward that “some Yankee” might just be a USCT...